If you are interested in studying forensic psychology, either as a graduate or post-graduate student, this resource will be perfect for you! This article was written by the EAPL-S representative for Portugal: Ana Rita Cruz. Ana is part of the Laboratory of Neuropsychopshysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal.
Forensic Psychology in Portugal has a short history, starting in the early eighties with the establishment of the first Faculties of Psychology at the Universities of Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon. In fact, the first centre dedicated to forensic sciences and deviant behavior in Portugal, was created at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, in the eighties, and is still working on themes such as drugs, violence, sexual abuse, and criminal behaviours.
Nowadays most degrees in Psychology joined the Bologna process and, after a three-year curriculum of general psychology, there are some universities offering specialized studies in the field of Forensic Psychology.
Forensic Psychology is developing in Portugal and growing in popularity. Psychologists with forensic training integrate prisons, police forces, courts, forensic medical clinics, victim support institutions, they run child custody evaluations, cooperate and coordinate drug related programs and child care institutions, just to give some examples.
To help you find a home for your next manuscript, here is the most recent list of psychology journal impact factors (as reported by the 2011 Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences Edition). Journals with higher impact factors are generally regarded as higher quality journals. I have broken down this list by general psychology journals and journals most relevant to psychology and law. Note that journals that were established since 2011 will not be included in this list since they have not had enough time to obtain a rating. Also, research focusing on psychology and law issues can be published in various other journals that are not listed here, including legal journals, criminology journals, and specialized psychological journals.
For your convenience, the author submission websites for each journal are also linked below.
A journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year.
The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. An Impact Factor of 1.0 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited one time. An Impact Factor of 2.5 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited two and a half times. The citing works may be articles published in the same journal. However, most citing works are from different journals, proceedings, or books indexed by Web of Science.
If you are interested in studying forensic psychology, either as a graduate or post-graduate student, this resource will be perfect for you! This article was written by the EAPL-S representative for Brazil: Josimar Alcantara Mendes.
The consolidation of Psychology in Brazil is very recent. The first experiments of psychology in the judicial system occurred along with the legalization of the profession of psychologist in the 1960s. From this, the inclusion of psychologists in legal settings was occurring gradually and slowly. Psychologists introduced themselves to the judicial system by volunteering. The early work was in the field of criminology, being involved with adult criminal cases and juvenile delinquents. Thereafter, the involvement spread to the prison system in the Brazil.
The 1980s and 1990s were crucial for the consolidation of psychology within the Brazilian legal system. During this time psychologists began to monitor the newly created childcare system in Brazil and also to work in other sectors of justice, especially in family courts.